Which Type of Glass is the Best Option for Soundproofing?

The amount of disturbance you are experiencing will determine the ideal glass for noise reduction and soundproofing your home. Understanding the advantages of our glazing solutions is crucial when replacing window glass, especially if you want to minimise the amount of sound that enters your home. Surprisingly, triple glazing doesn’t necessarily make a home quieter. The glass in your windows needs to be a certain thickness and fitted with the right amount of space between each pane if you want to soundproof your house using them.

What Benefits Does Soundproof Glass Offer?

Less background noise helps with focus, encourages better sleep, and increases relaxation and stress relief. This is necessary if you appreciate peace or live near a busy road, railway, or airport. Your windows will help lessen noise pollution inside your home. Glass is a good sound conductor. Untreated glazing or a single pane of glass won’t do much to block external noise from entering your home. It could be time to upgrade if your property still has single-glazed windows and you want to boost its value while reducing noise pollution.

How to Soundproof Windows?

Sound waves are reflected and dispersed by soundproof glazing. There are three ways to do this:

Double Glazing – The performance of soundproof glazing increases with the size of the space between glass panes. However, we understand that you have a confined space and that large thick windows are not ideal. By generating a vacuum between the panes or adding argon and krypton to the space between them, you can achieve noise reduction. Triple glazing adds another layer of air to the window to reduce external noise.

Interlayers / Laminated Glass – A thin film of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) placed between two panes of glass creates the laminated glass’ outer pane. PVB delivers outstanding acoustic performance by dampening sound waves. Additionally, it makes breaking it much more challenging. The PVB keeps the window intact and stops the glass from breaking, enhancing security. The soundproof glass will make a big difference if it means having a good night’s sleep.

Increasing Thickness – The glass’s ability to block noise improves with increasing thickness. The better choice is double glazing with two different glass thicknesses because glass has a natural coincidence frequency (the pitch at which it will magnify the sound) as opposed to other materials. The various thicknesses alter the sound wave as it passes through the device to offset the coincidence frequency.

Which Glass Is the Best Option for Soundproofing?

A triple-glazed unit with laminated outer glass is the most effective method of insulating your home from external noise pollution. However, we constantly advise our clients to install acoustic double glazing. This is because triple-glazed glass has been shown to dramatically reduce the lifespan of windows and doors by adding additional stress to the hinges and rollers. Laminated glass is the least effective in terms of acoustics among the three alternatives, but it still has advantages over regular glass. An improvement in acoustic performance has been made possible by recent technological developments in manufacturing the interlayer found in laminated glass.

Now that you know which type of glass is best for soundproofing, are you ready to have it installed in your home? If yes, then contact our glass experts at Quick Fit Glass. We offer our services to both our commercial and domestic clients. With us, you can rest easy knowing that your glass needs are provided by trained professionals who guarantee customer satisfaction. Our quality services are evident in our completed projects which you can view on our online gallery.  Contact us at (03) 8368 2220 for all your glass repair and replacement needs!

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